The annual SEA Game Awards has concluded and a number of games from across the region have been awarded and recognised for their creativity and innovations. To celebrate the winners of 2020’s SEA Game Awards, IGN Southeast Asia is here to provide a primer to each of the winners and why they deserve to win their associated awards.
Before we proceed, if you want to check out all the games that were nominated for the SEA Game Awards 2020, refer to our list right here.
This side-scrolling platformer takes a lot of cues from Megaman Zero and Strider and is created by Thai studio FairPlay Studios. This game has seen a release on Apple Arcade, with a planned release on Steam and consoles on March 31, 2021.
Fallen Knight has won the Rising Star Award, awarded to upcoming games that have the potential to become an amazing experience. Just like its influences, Fallen Knight really relies on fast reflexes and quick thinking to enjoy, which is why the team introduced Casual Mode in their latest update on Apple Arcade.
It’s definitely worth playing if you are really into side-scrolling action games, and we hope to see more in-game content when it releases next year.
Bake ‘N Switch
Streamline Game’s multiplayer brawler definitely left us wanting more, and the new additions making its way to the game are truly welcome additions to an already fun couch co-op experience.
As one of the few multiplayer games from the region, it was only appropriate for Bake ‘N Switch to win the Best Technology award in this year’s SEA Game Awards. The game’s colourful world design and zany cartoon characters are also a highlight that deserves recognition as well.
If you’re looking for another alternative to games like Overcooked and Moving Out, Bake ‘N Switch will definitely scratch the part of your brain that wants to play couch co-op titles with your friends. The game is available now on Nintendo Switch, Steam, and PS4.
Yangyang Mobile from the Philippines bravely toed the line between making a raunchy game for weeaboos and making an honest and engaging visual novel and JRPG hybrid. While its premise may be suggestive, Love Esquire never truly extends into pornographic territory, but it definitely stretches beyond its PG13 dating sim roots.
Nonetheless, Love Esquire is a great pastiche of a lot of geeky tropes, and yet it defiantly stands on its own as an original work of art. The game won Best Audio at SEA Game Awards and if you’ve played this game, you’ll see why it deserved the award.
Overall, Love Esquire is definitely more than meets the eye and offers a lot more than just eye candy. The game is available now on Steam.
A highlight of last year’s Level Up KL, DeLight: The Journey Home has been officially released on Steam and is quite the emotional tale. This puzzle-adventure title has you in control of a blind girl and her dog, who must journey through a city ravaged by war to look for her parents.
With a sepia-toned artstyle and light-based mechanics that suits the protagonist’s disability, DeLight doesn’t just have an apt name but is also a joy to experience. With it snagging the Best Innovation award, we certainly can’t wait to see what the team at Dream Tree has in store next.
The first chapter of the game is free to play on Steam, App Store, and Play Store, with subsequent chapters still on the way.
A Space For The Unbound
Toge Productions’ 2D walking simulator, A Space For The Unbound wears its Studio Ghibli and Makoto Shinkai influences on its sleeves and that is definitely a good thing. Who knew that a game set in rural ’90s Indonesia could resonate with players from all over the world?
Our first look at the game’s prologue demo earlier this year had us wanting more out of the experience, and hopefully the upcoming full release of the game can satiate our appetite.
It’s a no-brainer that A Space For The Unbound won Best Storytelling in this year’s SEA Game Awards, and is an exemplary title that can lead you to other phenomenal story-based games from Indonesia, like When The Past Was Around and What Comes After. Check it out for free on Steam.
Don’t Stop The Party
Whatever we said about our initial look at Don’t Stop The Party is worth repeating here, as it is a student-made game that definitely has the potential to become Malaysia’s premier multiplayer brawler in the future.
The game oozes style and panache, which makes you feel really impressed that it is only made by seven college students. Nevertheless, while it may just be a demo for now, Don’t Stop The Party has a bright future ahead.
And it looks like the judges and the general public agrees as Don’t Stop The Party is one of two games to win more than one award, bringing home the Best Student Game and Audience Choice award. Check it out for yourself on itch.io.
Short Creepy Tales: 7PM
Last but certainly not least, we have the big winner of the SEA Games Awards, bringing home three awards. As previously mentioned, Short Creepy Tales: 7PM is part of a larger anthology of brief but memorable horror games that can only get scarier from here on out.
Utilising a Malaysian setting with the use of Paper Mario-like papercraft aesthetics, this game is a rare title that perfectly balances substance and style.
Naturally, Short Creepy Tales: 7PM won Best Visual Art, Best Game Design, and the Grand Jury Award. We can’t wait to see the rest of this series, and you can check it out for yourself on Steam.